It seems as of late, everyone now has a soundtrack that goes along with their book and they love to tell you how much music inspires them, and what songs specifically stand out to them, or have connective tissue to their work. Okay, got it.
Most people who create, are typically careful about whatever motivational stimulus they prefer and keep close and are very driven by popular media like music and films. Obviously, for writers these things are important to us.
The last two books that I've written, have not only had a lot of music associated with it, within the story, but also in the creation. I made a post similar to this back in 2009 for another book I wrote called Yellow Fever, which is finally coming out on Kindle this spring. In 2010, I posted a much longer and detailed list of music for Greyhound.
For this post, I'm not only including a list of music that I overdosed on ad naseum, which a few tracks become almost a central character within the story, but the films that I had on in my office everyday, keeping me company while I wrote. I have a difficult time spending too much time alone, and I definitely -- spend too much time alone. Yes, I often get a lot of work done, but, like everything there is an emotional cost. This isn't make-believe, sparkly Vampire Romance that I've written, so the emotional investment, at least to me, is pretty high. I have a tendency to expose a lot to the reader, for good reason, so I figured it's only natural to share these lists.
All the best ...
The Unforgettable Fire - U2 *(the entire album is a character in the book)
Bad - U2
Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac
Sara (Cleaning Lady Version) - Fleetwood Mac
The Audio portion of Blade Runner on Cassette tape.
Only in Dreams - Weezer
Going to California - Led Zeppelin
Help Me Through The Day - Freddie King
Same old Blues - Freddie King
Hawkmoon 269 - U2
Philosopher's Stone - Van Morrison
Drawing / Track 08 - Guy Farley
Kathy's Song - Simon & Garfunkel
Heartland - U2
Memories of Green - Vangelis
Blood of Eden (Film Version) - Peter Gabriel
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Still in Love With You - Thin Lizzy
Lonely Woman - Ornette Coleman
Close to you (Take 4) - Frank Sinatra
Only The Lonely - Frank Sinatra
I wish you Love - Dean Martin
I Still Can't Believe You're Gone - Willie Nelson
I Feel Like A Bullet (in the Gun of Robert Ford) - Elton John
Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
Till The Cops Come Knockin - Maxwell
Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home - Darlene Love
A Forest - The Cure
Close to Me - The Cure
Rattle & Hum - U2
Me and The Devil - Gil Scott Heron
Complete YouTube Playlist:
Blade Runner *(A character in the book)
The Big Sleep
In a Lonely Place
Zodiac (David Fincher's version)
Lawrence of Arabia
Until The End of The World
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Exorcist (while I was writing the sections about DC)
Platoon (while I was writing the very ending)
U2 - Rattle & Hum
Sting - Durham Cathedral
U2 - Live at Slane Castle
Cello Suites - Rostropovich (especially the interview parts with Mstislav speaking)
Steffan Piper is the author of several novels including Greyhound, Yellow Fever and Fugue State. He was once kicked out of Nome, Alaska due to a minor misunderstanding. He has a blog, a Facebook page, a favorite film and lives on the outskirts of Los Angeles with his family in Palm Desert, CA.